Each spring the Atlanta Studies Network hosts an annual symposium that tackles the social, cultural, environmental, and economic issues facing Atlanta.

The fifth annual Atlanta Studies Symposium will be held at the Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center on April 26, 2017. The theme of the 2017 symposium is “Rethinking Equity in Atlanta.”

Though the city of Atlanta continues to thrive, as it has for the past century and a half, social stratification and inequality has remained a persistent part of its urban fabric throughout.

This symposium poses the questions: How might we better understand the issues around equity that are specific to Atlanta? What are we talking about and not talking about, when we discuss equity in Atlanta? How might we design a future Atlanta that better serves all of its citizens?

The program for the symposium is now available here: 

Atlanta Studies Symposium 2017 Program – Print

Errata – ATLS Symposium 2017

The symposium will conclude with a keynote from Dr. Zandria Robinson, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rhodes College, entitled “Atlanta, The Black Map, and Chocolate City Sociology”

Please register at the following link if you plan to attend (including if you are a presenter or a moderator):

Directions and Parking:

Please visit the following link for details about getting to and parking at the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center:

There is limited parking at the Woodruff library, but you can park at the Clark Atlanta University parking garage (at the corner of Mildred and Fair Streets), which is less than a five minute walk from the Atlanta University Center, Woodruff library (see directions below). Here’s a link to the campus map and directions The fee at the parking garage is five dollars.

Additionally, parking is available in the Morehouse College parking garage. That fee is $3 per day. Here is a link to their campus map and here are directions

The library is about a 10 minute walk from the Morehouse garage (see walking directions below). There is also a shuttle that picks up just outside the guard shack (you have to go past the guard to access the parking garage), and all info on the shuttles (including a way to track them) is available here:


Shuttle Bus

  • Valid government issued ID required
  • Shuttle route takes up to  30 minutes
  • Shuttle bus stops at Vine City  and West End Marta stations (look for RWWL shuttle bus stop  sign)
  • Shuttle bus hold  30 passengers, must consider that students and others may fill the shuttle so may have to wait for the next shuttle
  • Shuttle available to non-AUC  7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Note:  those attending reception will not be able to catch shuttle back to parking lot or Marta stations after 5 p.m.


Walking Directions from Ashby Street Marta Station and AUC Parking Decks

Ashby Street Marta Station 
  • Exit Marta station to Joseph Lowery Blvd
  • Turn left on Lowery Blvd
  • Walk to the light
  • Turn left on Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW
  • Walk  2 blocks (pass Walmart) to light
  • Turn  right at light onto James P. Brawley Dr. SW
  • Walk 1 block to AUC Woodruff Library
Clark Atlanta University Parking Deck  (Fair Street/Atlanta Student Movement Blvd & Mildred Street)
  • Exit parking lot on Mildred Street and walk left toAtlanta Student Movement Blvd
  • Turn right on ASM Blvd and walk to bricked pedestrian walkway
  • Turn right onto pedestrian walkway
  • Walk 1 block to AUC Woodruff Library (you will pass Henderson Student Center, Rush Memorial Church)
Morehouse College Parking Deck  (Westview Drive)
  • Exit the parking lot and walk  to street –  Westview Drive
  • Turn right onto Westview Drive  (as you walk  M. L. King Jr. statue will be  on left side of street)
  • Walk to end of the 1st building  Benjamin Brawley Hall
  • Turn right into gated street
  • Walk up the street  to the gate that exits onto Atlanta Student Movement Blvd 
  • (You will pass Morehouse Dinning Services on right,  Kilgore Campus Center on left,  Brazeal Hall is on left at the gate)
  • MC Security Officer may stop you  at the gate to ask your destination   (Woodruff Library,  MC Parking Deck)
  • Turn right on Atlanta Student Movement Blvd and walk 4 blocks to light
  • Turn left at light onto Clark Atlanta University campus bricked pedestrian walkway 
  • Walk one block to AUC Woodruff Library (you will pass Henderson Student Center, Rush Memorial Church)
Spelman College Parking Deck (Westview Drive)
  • Exit the parking lot and walk pass Cosby Academic Center and Rockefeller Fine Arts Building to exit the campus gate on Greensferry Avenue
  • SC Security Officer may stop you   to ask your destination  (Woodruff Library,  SC Parking Deck)
  • Cross the street to enter Clark Atlanta University campus
  • Walk the bricked pedestrian walkway  2 blocks to AUC Woodruff Library
  • (You will cross the light at Atlanta Student Blvd, and walk pass Henderson Student Center, Rush Memorial Church)

Information and programs from previous symposia can be found here.